While many of us cringe when we hear the words Candy Crush Saga thanks to all the unsolicited invites we’ve received over the years, it seems that Activision Blizzard likes the game so much, it has decided to buy it and its developer, King Digital, spending $5.9 billion in the process. In an announcement earlier today Activision’s CEO, Bobby Kotick said that the move would make it “the most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment.”
I remember a time in the past when it was frowned upon to post videos of gaming action forcing users to find a variety of workarounds. Things have changed though and now over 144 billion minutes of live game streams and recording activity are viewed on YouTube each month. Google appears to have figured out that instead of fighting against the current of mainstream culture, they should take advantage of it and hop on board. Today they announced a new feature for the Google Play Games app that will enable users to record and share gaming moments along with commentary. Read more
Earlier this month Telltale Games offered Episode One of their episodic game Tales from the Borderlands for free. If you happened to check out the special offer and got hooked on the game, purchasing the additional episodes that were available or if you have always been a Tales from the Borderlands fan, you will be glad to know the fifth and final episode Finale: The Vault of the Traveler will be hitting Android devices on October 22nd. Read more
CLUE Bingo is a new multiplayer game where users must solve the mystery of who committed the crime by exploring rooms and solving puzzles.
One of the big challenges for gamers trying to use smartphones and tablets to enjoy their favorite titles has been control methods. With the variety of sensors in mobile devices, like gyroscopes, game developers have been able to introduce some unique features to games based on movement and the form factor lends itself to play outside of the living room or bedroom. However, the lack of buttons on a smartphone or tablet means controls have to be modified for a touchscreen, which can be quite a challenge. Satechi thinks they have a solution with their new Satechi Wireless Gamepad that brings traditional controls to mobile devices. Read more
Just because Niantic, the creator of Ingress, is no longer part of Google, doesn’t mean that the search giant has abandoned it. Google and some other companies have committed to investing up to $30 million in Niantic in a round of Series A financing.
NVIDIA has updated their Shield TV set top box to software version 2.1, which is overall looking like a pretty minor update. The new software fixes some compatibility issues with HDMI and improves black levels on screen over HDMI. Nothing major there, but a welcome fix for anyone having issues after the 2.0 update. Read more
Samsung has released a useful new utility onto the Play Store that should be especially useful for gamers. The app, which is called Game Tuner, allows you to adjust the resolution and frame rate of specific games on your device for fine-tuning performance. Read more
Looking for game to play on your phone or tablet this weekend? Google Play has thirteen titles discounted all the way down to just one dime. The mobile games come from Electronic Arts and Chillingo, so you know you’re getting quality.
Working with Playdigious and Pastagames, NVIDIA has released Pix the Cat for their NVIDIA SHIELD devices, both the Tegra K1 and Tegra X1 variants. Pix the Cat is an arcade style game in which the player takes on the role of Pix as he plays his own game. Read more